Community & Spirit

“If we are not animated by the spirit of the saints, the important work of Holy Cross will come to nothing, and our efforts for the sanctification of youth will be vain and useless.” ~Blessed Basil Moreau

Saint Joseph Grade School is a vibrant environment, uplifted by the community and spirit of our families.

Our Home and School Association (HASA) assists in organizing parent volunteers for numerous events and activities throughout the year. HASA’s Community Building Steering Committee organizes “classroom ambassadors” that plan class events outside of school, with a goal of further building community within each grade.

We offer many opportunities for school parents to be a part of our school life in addition to volunteering. Parents are always invited to our weekly school Mass. A few times per year, parents are invited for casual coffee & conversation with school administration. Children look forward to fun events like Donuts with Dad, Muffins with Mom, and our annual Blessing of the Pets on the Feast of St. Francis.

Throughout the year, students take part in numerous activities outside of school such as athletics competitions, chess tournaments, scouting adventures, music concerts, and more. Our junior high students enjoy gathering together for dances and “lock-ins.” We celebrate arts and physical education for all of our students with popular events such as the Celebration of the Arts and our Field Day near the end of each school year.

In collaboration with Saint Joseph Parish, parents and families build greater community with events such as our annual Parish Picnic in August, the Saint Nick Six road race in December, Trivia Night in January, the Fish Fry during Lent, the “For the Kids” golf outing in June, as well as other events such as our adult dance, chili cook-off, and more.

We come together as a school to celebrate our Catholic identity each year during Catholic Schools Week. HASA hosts a Spaghetti Supper, our student have “spirit days,” and the week ends with our school Open House.